Michele McKay

Michele McKay

Previews Property Specialist,
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
5 Moraga Way
Orinda, CA 94563-3017

Not an Ordinary Agent

As with many agents, real estate is Michele’s second career. She was an architect and owned her own successful firm. This translates to a unique understanding of building construction and design – a skill set she is happy to use on her client behalf. A life event made her rethink her career. So, wanting to stay involved in helping people, she became a real estate agent. As she says - “I’ve always been interested in the relationships between people and their homes—the way they utilize their space. A home is so much more than just a roof over your head, so the transition from architecture to real estate seemed a natural fit.”

Michele see her role as that of trusted adviser. Putting her clients’ needs first and foremost, protecting their interests throughout the buying or selling process. Her value to her clients is in representation and negotiation - negotiating the best possible price, and guiding her clients through the complicated business of buying or selling a home. By putting her background and training to work, Michele helps translate her clients’ visions to reality.

A native Californian and true “Local Expert”, Michele grew up in Lafayette and lives in Orinda. Although she has traveled extensively and lived elsewhere, Lamorinda has always been home. Michele knows the neighborhoods, culture and people. She is helping seniors downsize, investors find potential property, couples buy their first homes and families meet their changing needs. Michele is delighted to be selling real estate in Lamorinda and the surrounding communities.

Communities Michele serves include: Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Berkeley, Oakland.

She has a degree in Art History from UC Berkeley, and did post-grad studies at Sotheby’s in London, England.

Michele describes herself as a “lifelong learner” and is continually working to expand her skills, knowledge and value to her clients.

  • National Association of Realtors® & California Association of Realtors® - member
  • Contra Costa County Association of Realtors® - member
  • Coldwell Banker - International Previews Properties Specialist
  • Coldwell Banker Top Producer - International Sterling Society
  • NAR's Green Designation - GREEN
  • Senior Real Estate Specialist – SRES
  • Certified Negotiation Expert - CNE
  • Lafayette Chamber of Commerce – Ambassador
  • Habitat for Humanity – Volunteer

"I was ready to move from my Walnut Creek home and into something with no yard. Michele ably assisted me in getting my home ready for sale, listing, marketing, and coaching me through the entire process. I was very impressed with her! She helped me assess the value of my home (much more than I had expected). I received a great offer with a quick close. Michele said I would get the highest possible price, and I did! I was then ready to search for/find a new home in Rossmoor. I was very particular about what I wanted. Again, Michele was diligent. She found and showed me several properties that met my criteria and was always available to me. When we found the perfect home, Michele jumped in and her negotiation skills helped to seal the deal. Following acceptance of my offer Michele also lead the way to getting a quick clean close. My dog and I love our new home. I highly recommend Michele McKay. I didn’t realize that buying and selling a home could be so much fun. "

  -Nancyj Moran, Client

"Michele represented me as seller and it was a real pleasure working with her. She took care of all the details, even making sure we had new plants in the front and that they were watered. The transaction was a bit more complicated because there were several people involved in the decision making. Michele was an expert at navigating between all parties. MIchele has great referrals too and one of her referrals painted and staged the home. They did a great job and I believe it made all the difference in the sales price as well as how quickly we were able to sell the home. I highly recommend Michele's services and I know that I have a great real estate professional that I can call upon in the future."

  -Karen L Fisher, Colleague